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The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) determines the architecture of the EU’s budget. As the current MFF is coming to an end in 2020, this episode of our “Talking Development Podcast” reveals the important elements that should be put into consideration for the new MFF which will last for seven years (2021-2027). Stay tuned as we explain why you should care about the new EU budget and what is at stake for European NGOs.
The interconnection of EU policies seems to be a complex issue. To help you understand this complexity, we present a panel of five speakers who will guide you through the concept of EU policy-making and provide concrete impact of these policies on the ground. Stay tuned while we walk you through pragmatic steps to achieve Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD).
Financing development projects might seem like a complex and technical topic while being vital to sustain the future of people and planet. In this podcast, Jeroen Kwakkenbos from Oxfam International EU Office, guides us through the new trends in aid and the more recent mechanisms put in place to finance development objectives in innovative ways.
For the second consecutive year, EU aid spending has decreased. Despite the well-received 25% reduction in inflated aid, EU aid is still decreasing after discounting these components. This means that, at the current rate of growth, the EU will only meet the 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2061, as revealed by the CONCORD AidWatch 2019 Report.
Inequalities between people and countries have reached staggering heights. The social contract is under unprecedented pressure, as witnessed by the multiplication of protests, marches and social unrest against austerity, inequalities and injustice all over the world. So what is it about the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” that our leaders have not understood? But the good news is: this can be rectified.
Rising inequalities are among the most complex and pressing issues of our century. Protests around the wold show the urgency of the matter. How can we tackle this multidimensional problem to ensure no one is left behind? Our new report calls for a systemic approach and puts forward concrete solutions which should guide EU leaders to reduce different forms and drivers of economic, social, environmental and political inequalities.
Aid is not only about quantity, it is about quality too! It needs to reach the people who need it the most. Our new paper “Who owns Development Effectiveness? A European Reality Check” analyses how EU aid is actually used for. This paper puts forward a series of recommendation based on some selected indicators which sets the scene for achieving a more effective and inclusive aid.
Next week, Josep Borrell will be facing the European Parliament for a hearing during which he will be tested on his suitability for the role of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. CONCORD came up with interview questions that MEPs could ask during the vetting process as well as the ideal answers that the HRVP designate could use to prepare for the interview. Time to imagine the perfect candidate and play the role model!